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The packaging of this palette is really nicely done. The Palette feels sturdy and it has a good quality mirror. The double-ended brush that comes with the palette is the same great quality that you’ve come to expect from Sigma Brushes. The palette overall is a little thick, but that is what allows the brush to have a space to sit inside the palette, so it doesn’t bother me.
UPDATE October 21, 2021: In my experience, the Sigma formula is really great for those that like applying shimmer shades with their fingers and prefer a buildable matte eyeshadow. If you are someone that likes super-saturated colors or only likes to apply eyeshadow with brushes, I think these may miss the mark. For a more detailed breakdown, click here and check out my Updated Sigma Eyeshadow Palette Review.
My early impressions of this palette are good for the most part. The shimmers I have tried seem to be smoothing on the lid, but I haven’t had the opportunity to try Belle of the Ball or Sunsprite yet, which have more sparkles running through them.
The mattes are powdery and have some excess powder that is kicked up when you dip a brush in the pan. The lighter-toned mattes I’ve used so far (Hybrid and Apricot) did take some building up which surprised me. When I was using this palette I primed my eyes with the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base in the original version. I do find that the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer can intensify the color of shadows more than the NARS primer, so I’m going to try this palette with that next.
Since the mattes are a looser formula, a lot of product picks up on the brush fairly quickly. I didn’t have any issues with blending or fallout, but I just expected more punch from apricot and hybrid when I used them.
I think that Sigma put together a beautiful color story and I’m happy I decided to purchase the palette. I don’t mind a buildable formula, I actually prefer that, so I don’t think it is a bad thing that they are buildable. When watching videos of these eyeshadows in action on other people, I didn’t notice the formula needing to be built up as much. I don’t load a lot of product onto my brush and I typically try to start small, so that might explain why the formula seems buildable to me. So as with all things, your mileage may vary.
If you have a deeper skin tone than me (Estee Lauder 4W4/MAC C8) or just want to see some of these eyeshadows in action on a deep skin tone, check out Maya Galore on YouTube. Maya used a concealer as her eyeshadow primer and I don’t think she set it with any powder. I point that out because that concealer likely intensified the colors for her. Allie Glines did an eye look with this palette yesterday on her YouTube Channel and she didn’t have to build the color as much as I experienced. She is also much lighter than me on the skin tone spectrum. I also didn’t notice emilynoel83 (also from YouTube) needing to build the pigment as much in the video she did a while back. Again, I don’t point this out as a bad thing, but experiences can vary by many factors so I want to give you some other resources.
The Sigma Cor-de-Rosa Eyeshadow Palette retails for $49.00**. If you can, it makes the most sense to purchase this palette directly from Sigma Beauty. Taking the included brush into account and the fact that Sigma runs sales often, I think the palette is priced well (but definitely wait to get it on sale).
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